Monday, 1 February 2010

A ray of exotic sunshine to brighten an English winter

[Budleigh Salterton's Brook Gallery sensibly decided that Mediterranean colours were just the thing to take the chill out of one of the iciest seasons that Devon has experienced in recent years.]

Winner of ‘The Brook Gallery Prize Award’ for artistic innovation at the renowned Originals’ 09 show in London, the Spanish artist Herme Bellido has put together a unique collection for the Brook’s February exhibition.

Above: Medersa 1 by Herme Bellido

Bahia Palace Screenprint on paper
Entitled ‘Nothing has been Written’ 14 February to 7 March, the work combines her skills in colour and print in a series of screen prints that relates to the journey of life, which as Herme herself says, ‘engages the viewer in a silent conversation.’

Working with a myriad of media, Herme brings together her respect of and reliance on colour in a selection of exquisite work that documents her recent travels in Morocco. Her colours are influenced by the subject matter and muted by her life in England; with the vibrancy of Spain translated into form, these colours and shadows reveal small details which hint at the exotic. Where the journey of life is affected by tradition and religion, the narrative of the work is haunting and subtle.

Born in Seville, Herme now lives in London. Married to the English landscape painter David Bachmann, Herme attended the University of Fine Art in Seville, one of the few remaining traditional art colleges in Spain.
Following three years' teaching Lithography at the University, Herme was inspired to follow her first love of colour and photography, and screen printing combined these elements to help her continue a career in art.

The Journey Mixed media on canvas
With inclusion at London’s Mall Galleries and the Royal College of Art; The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle; Universo Femenino, Jaen and Galeria Nuevoarte, Seville, Spain, among others, Herme also lists a number of awards. In addition to the Brook’s Award last year, Herme has been honoured with First Prize in the Graphic Design Campaign at the University of Seville and Commendations from the International Printing Competition of Alcala de Guadaira, Seville.

Herme will join Angela Yarwood and the team at the Brook for a private view on Saturday 13 February, 5.00 pm–8.00 pm.
Herme Bellido ‘Nothing has been Written’ at the Brook
Exhibition: 14 February to 7 March 2010
Open 10.30 am to 5.00 pm, closed Sunday mornings
Brook Gallery, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 6NE
Call 01395 443 003 or email
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